Fast Data: A Brief Analysis of Trends
Data is one of your most important assets. Fast Data implies real-time analytics – the ability to analyze your business and marketplace in real-time. Fast Data can give you significant competitive advantage by helping you to predict and respond to situations instantaneously. Today we announced  that the combination of Cisco UCS and Actian Vectorwise Analytical Database can provide such capability at much lower cost of ownership than traditional solutions. Demonstrated by industry standard TPC-H publications, the extreme performance is coming from the ability of Vectorwise to scale extremely well in multi-core environments and effective caching of large data sets enabled by Cisco UCS extended memory technology eliminating IO bottlenecks.
These two benchmark results achieved the best performance and price-performance for 2-socket servers in 100GB  and 300GB  scale factors, new additions to our 60+ world record performance records on Cisco UCS since its introduction just three years ago.
Let us look at some historical trends in application performance. In a paper titled Transaction Performance vs. Moore’s Law: A Trend Analysis  my colleague and I demonstrated that transaction performance trend over the past 20 years has amazingly been in line with Moore’s law (See Chart 1). Here the composite Query-per-Hour of 332,481 at 100GB scale factor for example shows greater than 200 times improvement in performance in 10 years for 2-socket servers, far better than Moore’s law as shown in chart 2. Will these trends continue unabated ? Likely for the foreseeable future with all the enhancements in hardware and software architectures …
Chart 1: Average transactions-per-minute per processor vs. Moore’s Law
Chart 2: Average TPCH queries-per-hour @100GB for 2-socket servers vs. Moore’s Law
 Actian Delivers Record-Breaking Performance on Cisco Unified Computing System: http://www.actian.com/press/cisco
 Cisco UCS C250 M2 Extended-Memory Server, 332,481 QphH, $0.15 USD/QphH@100GB, Available on 2/12/2012. http://www.tpc.org/tpch/results/tpch_result_detail.asp?id=112021
 Cisco UCS C250 M2 Extended-Memory Server, 331,658 QphH, $0.34 USD/QphH@300GB. Available on 2/12/2012. http://www.tpc.org/tpch/results/tpch_result_detail.asp?id=112021301
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 R. Nambiar, M. Poess, Transaction Performance vs. Moore’s Law: A Trend Analysis: http://www.springer.com/book/978-3-642-18205-1